Smartphone updates have been completely ridiculous coming from Motorola as of late. Motorola has even reiterated that after the company retracted numerous promises regarding upgrades. The new timeline that’s been released shows that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is being pushed to the DROID XYBOARD 8.2, DROID Bionic and Motorola Xoom Family Edition in the next quarter. Who knows, they may even decide to push that back even more. On top of that, Motorola has announced that the Atrix 4G, Atrix 2, and Photon 4G owners may be out of luck on the update promised in Q3. This new list shows no other information that “future plans coming soon.” It’s very unclear as to what this exactly means, but it’s possible that owners of the Atrix 4G and Atrix 2 will not be getting the expected update that was just around the corner after its release in India.
This pusback wasn’t really expected, in fact, with the update releasing in Indie, it was anything but expected. It’s definitely a pretty sad day for those who have just recently picked up the phone due to expectations of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s even worse for those who have been waiting patiently for the update for months. I’m an Atrix 2 owner, and with my experience with Motorola, them pushing back the date essentially means that we won’t be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Which is sad, as the Atrix lineup has been fantastic when it comes to hardware, but unfortunately, it’s definitely behind the curve when it comes to the software. That is definitely one thing that Motorola does not excel at. I’ll obviously continue to use this handset, at least until I can afford an Xperia handset. I’m definitely not really willing to jump back on the Motorola bandwagon, as this has been one of the most ridiculous software rides I have ever had.
I really think that Motorola needs to start rethinking how they handle software updates. It’s absolutely crazy that Motorola would wait so long for something like this. Everyone is headed towards Jelly Bean and most of us are still stuck on Gingerbread. I personally think that maybe Motorola is going to be doing good with software updates, but they are only wanting to focus on their newer devices (i.e. new RAZR M). Maybe the Atrix stuff is just behind them now, and they just want to drop them as fast as possible. With the new Google acquisition, I see that as being pretty unlikely, but it’s not something I would ever put past Motorola. In short, this has all just been pretty ridiculous.
Is anyone frustrated with Motorola over this? As you can see, I am pretty frustrated with it all. India was able to get the ICS update for the Atrix 2, but everyone else couldn’t? I just don’t understand how Motorola was able to manage that. Here’s to hoping we’re able to get it soon, but if ICS has been this difficult, I can only imagine what Jelly Bean will be like for the devices.